Talent, no excuse for evading academic learning


It was Bob Nyabinde being interviewed by the Herald. As a former teacher and an artist, how would you advise aspiring artists to attain an academic education?
Nyabinde said, “l used to invite musicians to my school in Redcliff, among them Jonah Moyo and Steve Makoni”.

One day Oliver Mutukudzi came by and one little boy asked what he needed to do so that he too could be a superstar. Tuku told the little boy to study as though his life depended on it.

Tuku’s words were,”Tanga wafunda stereki so that you will not be exploited.”

Tuku said that he, himself, had been prejudiced because he had not learned enough to read the small print in a contract. He further asserted that you need a basic education to read contracts, plan, budget, invest and make different transactions. (Extracted from the Herald: 6 February 2016.)
Duduzile-Manhenga-Muparutsa, one of Zimbabwe’s prolific jazz musicians, had to proceed to enroll for Advanced Level education even after she had already discovered that her great strength was in music.

Even after her Advanced level studies she still went into musical training at a college of music. Never did she deceive herself, by saying that the training was not necessary simply because she had talent in this field.

You cannot circumvent academic learning just because you have got talent!
The academic learning sets to unlock your potential as lying in the talent that you do have.
Whatever is learned is meant to stimulate your originality and creativity.


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